Dr. F. Javier Cevallos
President, Kutztown University
Dr. Javier Cevallos was born in Cuenca, Ecuador, and moved to the United States incrementally; first to the Caribbean Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Cevallos earned his bachelor’s degree in 1976 at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez.
From Puerto Rico, Cevallos moved to Illinois where he earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in 1978 and 1981, respectively, from the University of Illinois at Urbana.
He began his career in education in 1981 as an assistant professor of Spanish at the University of Maine at Orono.
In 1984, he moved to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, the flagship of the five-campus UMass system, where he was promoted to associate professor in 1988 and to full professor in 1992.
In 1994, he was asked to serve as faculty advisor to the provost. In 1996 he was selected as a Fellow by the American Council on Education (ACE). Cevallos spent his fellowship with Douglas Bennet, president of Wesleyan University, in Middletown, Connecticut.
Upon his return to UMass, Cevallos became chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Soon after, he was appointed Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, a position he held until he was appointed President of Kutztown University in 2002.
Cevallos and his wife, Josée Vachon, a professional French Canadian folk singer, have two children, Alex, and Caroline.